Rebbetzin Kanievsky Wins Battle vs. Angel of Death
When Batsheva Elyashiv was 8 years old, her maternal grandmother, Rebbetzin Tziporah Chana Levin, fell seriously ill…[Rebbetin Batsheva Kanievsky was the daughter of the great Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv and the granddaughter of Jerusalem tzaddik Rabbi Aryeh Levin]
Little Batsheva was at her home on 10 Chanan Street in Meah Shearim reciting Psalms for her grandmother. Into the night she was still praying for grandmother’s recovery, until, red-eyed and exhausted, with her Psalms tightly clutched in her hands, she fell asleep.
Batsheva had a frightening dream.
She was at her grandmother’s bedside in the Mishkenot neighborhood, reciting Psalms. Suddenly a frightening apparition dressed in shrouds started pulling at Rebbetzin Tziporah Chana’s bed. Still reciting Psalms, Batsheva grabbed the bed and pulled back. The man in shrouds was bigger and stronger than she was, but she would not let go. He pulled and she pulled.
Finally, she stopped saying Psalms and screamed at the shrouded intruder, “Let go of my grandmother right now! You have no right to be near her! Go away! Now!” The apparition disappeared.
Batsheva woke up with her concerned mother at her side. “What happened, Batsheva? Why were you screaming?” Trembling, Batsheva recounted her dream.
Fearing that the dream was portentous, Rebbetzin Elyashiv rushed to Mishkenot to check on her mother’s condition. At the house, she found her father talking to the doctor. Just 20 minutes before—when
Batsheva was screaming at the intruder—Rebbetzin Levin had passed a crisis and was out of danger.
When the doctor left, a relieved R’ Aryeh turned to his daughter Shaina Chaya. “What brought you here right now, when your Ima was critical?”
Rebbetzin Elyashiv told her father about the dream and the screaming. R. Aryeh said, “It was Batsheva’s special soul and pure prayers that saved Ima’s life.”
The next morning, after his customary sunrise Shachris, R’ Aryeh came to the Elyashiv home to tearfully thank Batsheva for the prayers that saved her grandmother’s life…
No less a personage than the Steipler Gaon, the Rebbetzin’s father-in-law, who was a man of few and measured words, said of her, “She needs a blessing from me? Her blessings are far more effective than mine. Her patience and the way she performs acts of kindness is so unique that I don’t know anyone else who performs kindnesses like she does.”
R’ Chaim Kanievsky would ask his Rebbetzin for a blessing before an important activity.
He told his trusted assistant, R’ Moshe Smotni, “The Rebbetzin’s blessings are greater than mine.”
Reproduced from “Rebbetzin Kanyevsky, by Mr. and Mrs. Naftali Weinberger, and Nina Indig,” with permission of the copyright holders, ArtScroll / Mesorah Publications, Ltd.